Audition Notice - Juno and the Paycock

Production Details

Title Juno and the Paycock
Written By Seán O'Casey
Director Bob Bradick
Reading Friday 3rd December 2021 at 7.30pm
Auditions Monday 3rd and Friday 7th January 2022 at 7.30pm
Venue The reading and auditions will take place at Incognito Theatre.
Rehearsals Normally held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoon. Exact times to be agreed between director and cast.
Production Sunday 13th March to Saturday 19th March 2022. Sunday performance starts at 6:00pm, all weekday performances start at 7.30pm, Saturday performances start at 3:00pm and 7:30pm.
Synopsis Juno and the Paycock is a classic Irish play set in the Dublin tenements, or slums, during the Irish civil war in the 1920's. It tells the story of the Boyle family. Jack Boyle and his old friend Joxer Daly are two working class tenement dwellers for whom avoiding work is a full-time job during the Irish civil war. Irish accents will be required although help will be given where necessary. The play revolves around the misfortunes of the dysfunctional Boyle family. Jack's wife Juno is the breadwinner and moral powerhouse but she can't stop her life unravelling. A mesmerising mix of comedy and tragedy.

Cast Details

In addition to the parts listed below there are a number of other very small walk on parts some of which provide some comedy.
Character Description Playing Age
Captain Jack BoyleJack Boyle is the "paycock" (peacock) in the play's title, so nicknamed by his wife Juno as he struts around in a showy way without doing anything useful. He refuses to look for work, complaining of pains in his legs when anyone suggests he applies for a job. Instead he prefers to spend his time drinking and consorting with his friend "Joxer" Daly. While his antics are often humorous, he is deluded and self centred. When his daughter Mary becomes pregnant, he thinks only of the shame her plight will bring upon him. He ends the play drunk and nearly penniless, no different than how he was when the play began.45-50
Juno BoyleJuno is Jack Boyle's wife. She is a strong character who can be thought of as a symbol of womankind. She is the only member of her family who is working since Boyle is unemployed, her daughter Mary is on strike and son Johnny is injured. She feeds her family, comforts her son, tries to get Boyle to work and supports her pregnant daughter when nobody else will. In contrast to her husband she becomes stronger and wiser due to the tragic circumstances of their lives. learning to think of the plight of all humanity and not just that of herself and her family.45-50
Johnny BoyleHe is Juno and Jack's son. He was hit in the hip during the Easter Week rebellion and his arm was blown off by a bomb. He is thin, delicate and fearful. Whenever talk turns to fighting or the murder of Mrs Tancred's son he cannot bear to listen. He has a lack of moral virtue.Early 20s
Mary DoyleMary is their daughter. Whilst she has a job she is on strike for the duration of the play in protest at the firing of a fellow worker. Mary is torn between the circumstances of her life pulling her back and the influence of the books she reads pushing her forward. She is attracted to Charlie Bentham a schoolteacher whose worldliness offers an escape from her dreary life. She is also somewhat vain.22
"Joxer" DalyJoxer is Boyle's amiable drinking companion. He is typically ingratiating to whomever he is with even if it means contradicting himself as soon as he changes companions. Like Boyle he avoids working instead spending his time drinking and consorting with Boyle. Juno detests him but he is a comical character.40-45
Mrs. Masie MadiganShe lives in the same tenement as the Boyle family. She is ignorant and forward but has a generous heart. The female counterpart of Joxer she is inclined to reminisce.45ish
Needle NugentAnother neighbour in the tenement. He is a tailor and Mrs Madigan accuses him of supporting both sides in the civil war conflict.50-60
Mrs. TancredAnother neighbour and is the mother of Robbie Tancred , the boy shot after Johnny let his ambushers know his whereabouts. She mourns not only her son's death but also the war which pits son against son.40-50
Jerry DevineHe is another tenement dweller and is active in the labour union and hopes to become secretary which would earn him a good salary. He is one of Mary's suitors but he is rejected in favour of Charlie Bentham.20s
Charlie BenthamHe is a schoolteacher with sophisticated ideas. He is studying law and becomes engaged to Mary but he abandons her after getting her pregnant.20s

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